I like this work! My wife says that my face is looking skinnier. And I can definitely feel that my body composition is changing. This is the first time in my life that I can ever really say that I truly am getting to understand the whole notion of ‘you are what you eat.’ And earlier over dinner today, I was just telling Christina how grateful I am that we get to work with Dr. Dana. :-)”
I am stronger in so many ways because of my work with you. You reminded me of the strength I have, which seemed to have been lost! Our work together is coming out in my life everywhere. I am grateful.
This has been an incredibly journey. I reflected so much on it this week. When I asked myself if I knew what to eat or drink and stay within boundaries that worked for myself, I chuckled. Of course I do! I had a net, a beautiful soul to remind me weekly.
I’ve enjoyed our work and my lessons (some were not so easy) while peeling layers off of me. You, my friend, are amazing and I am so proud of where I am now! I feel great! I look healthy and fit, and I am happy!
I feel a complete shift now into my new way of eating and I could have slipped without you. You’re amazing, gentle, compassionate and loving. I’m grateful, so grateful for you in my life.
It’s so much more than just food. I sleep better, have no joint pain, I’m hormonally balanced (at least I think so) and have a leaner, stronger me: mentally and physically.”
Although I understand rationally and logically the importance of eating well, that knowledge rarely, if ever, has transferred to nutritionally sound eating practices…until now. For the first time in my life, thanks to the rich expertise and support that Dana offers, my relationship with food is shifting in a more positive direction.
Instead of positioning food so dichotomously—food will make me fat so I should eat minimally, OR food will make me feel good, so I should eat whatever I want because I deserve it—I see food more holistically. Although I am early in this journey, I already can see, feel, and experience the benefits of paleo-primal eating, which includes reduced PMS symptoms and boosts of energy throughout the day that do not rely on manufactured powders and bars imbued with chemicals.
I’ve received all kinds of compliments about how toned (and hot) I look :). Although I do not want to tether myself to external forms of motivation, it is nice to get that outside affirmation.
Also, I went shopping for a business suit for my upcoming interview (woot woot!) and am down to a size 2. The last time I was this size, I was anorexic and food was the enemy. Now I am healthy, strong, and satisfied, and food is delicious fuel for my body. What an amazing shift!
I know I still have a long way to go, but I cannot wait to learn and experience more. Thank you, Dana!”
My primary goal was to address the desire to feel nourished in my life. This has been accomplished in the sphere of eating—and eating to nourish rather than to fill. I now have the support and skills to do this, and to nourish myself.
I would definitely recommend Dana because she considered my concerns and responded to them. She did not come across as prescriptive. I’ve ‘failed’ lots of naturopathic practitioners’ programs because they were too much of a leap for me. They looked at an ideal and expected me to fit it. Dana took things step-by-step and I have a sense of success. No step required me to stretch too far that I fell.”
This whole experience has been life changing for me. I never thought I would be able to give up fruit (sugar). I thought I was just too old to really change my eating habits and curb my cravings. Honestly, I was very skeptical. OMG! I don’t know where to start. You have been so awesome.
I’ve never really experienced such a change in the way I eat, so dramatically, so quickly and with such positive feedback with alternatives that really work. So far you have never let me down…anything I have concerns about you address immediately. THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!”
Having worked with practitioners and being one myself, I wasn’t sure what else I would learn as far as information and education. I knew the changes to make; I just wasn’t making them.
I also was not a person seeking a paleo/primal way of eating. I was curious as well as open to exploring this way of eating, but I wasn’t yet committed. I wasn’t ready to commit to a ‘plan’; rather wanted a person to hold me accountable and had not considered needing a long-term coaching relationship.
There wasn’t a hard sale, no demands, everything was discussed and related to where I was and am in the moment. As a result, my trust level increased those first 30 days and I signed on for another 60 days and then another.
My resistance to change was softly and gently eroded. No storm trooper approach wanted or needed, and Dana’s compassionate approach was gently probing and directing. In addition to gaining trust, I also gained information about exactly what is primal eating and was it a fit for me.
Though it took me 60 days to start really following a primal approach, those first 60 days gained me insight into patterns, beliefs, resistance, and self appreciation for who I have become—not just an overweight person but a person of contribution and connection.
Dana’s focus on me as a person rather than me as a consumer of food helped me to keep addressing my resistant patterns.
There are several benefits I have received since coaching the past six months. First is having a person willing to do what I needed. For example, emails have been journal entries for me, and Dana quickly learned that for me, an email was a good way to help me stay accountable.
Another benefit is that as my weight loss has continued, I have a person helping me sort through food choices, activity, and affirming my efforts. Moving beyond the superficial of some who recognize a person’s body is changing, Dana provides me why it’s changing and how to stay focused on the marathon for sustainable results.
Because I started out with physical difficulties with mobility, the improvement in my movement and endurance has been a huge benefit as I was pretty much limited to sitting most of the time.
Now I can walk short distances, do the grocery shopping, stand for longer than a few minutes, and walk without fatiguing pain. I continue to progress each week in this area.
Another benefit was addressing my emotional connection to food rather than just mentioning it. Truly diving into the underpinnings of my emotions and certain choices has helped me focus on how I want to feel versus medicating because I feel.
I have recommended Dana and her approach to coaching to others who also struggle with sugar intake, limited mobility, and resistance.
I find Dana to be nonjudgmental and open to adjusting to what the client needs rather than a cookie cutter health coaching approach. She affirms in an authentic and encouraging way, coaching to my strengths as well as giving me resources to explore my challenges.
Dana is also quite capable of calling one out on their stuff without shaming and blaming, which is so important to those truly wanting to make changes and sustain them.
Once I made the commitment to be open to the process and to choose the foods I knew my body was wanting, I also chose to continue the coaching relationship because (1) I have a lot of weight to lose to get to the goals I want for my next decade of living; and (2) I know I will sabotage myself until I get through my old gaming patterns.
Having a coach keeps me honest while supporting my choices and my vision for what’s next.”
Dr. Dana, I cannot thank you enough for all you have helped me with… I have had a chronic sweet tooth my whole life…I lived for sweets! How am I not 300 lbs! This is truly the first time in my life I am not craving sweets! Thank you! Huge milestone for me!
The support I received from you at the Alchemist Clinic is unlike anything I have ever experienced! Thorough! I’ve never had anyone spend so much time with me talking about me, completely focused on me. Every area of me was discussed, not just a few symptoms and a band-aid for a solution. As I learned, those symptoms are usually part of something much bigger. As much as I talked about my sugar cravings, the other things we worked the most on are my chronic sinus inflammation from Florida allergens and loose stool issue. The sinus inflammation truly became a non issue…my stools have corrected themselves.
I don’t think there was anything you did that I would take away from your program. I think the consult and food diary are so important to get a good picture of what’s going on; acupuncture and herbs are needed to expedite the healing process. You are a very attentive listener and gifted with providing solutions!
Thank you for everything you have helped me with. Not only will this make me a better, healthier person, but a better, more focused personal trainer!”
As a 43-year-old man, I have “typical” middle-aged male issues—a belly, some joint pain, and a fairly sedentary life. I’m also a smart, successful guy.
I’ve done dietary and exercise research for decades, and I’m fairly well educated on what I need to do—what I’m supposed to eat and how I’m supposed to move my body. I didn’t need education on what to do—I needed support to integrate it into my life.
I have never been able to sustain a way of eating or exercise by force of sheer will for any length of time. I needed integration support so that eating in a healthy way and moving my body became natural—without having to restrict or force myself.
I had followed Alchemist Eating on Facebook and connected with them on the blog, newsletter and in other ways, and I had deep appreciation for the compassionate style they demonstrate.
After a short while, I knew intuitively that I wanted to work with Dana—I needed someone who was like a Willow Tree—gentle when needed, but incredibly strong—someone I could lean into and who had the skill to use just the right support to help me get to my next level without feeling pushed.
In the 90 days I worked with Dana, I achieved some really amazing results:
- Eating 95% clean Paleo/Primal with ease, joy, satisfaction. It doesn’t even take effort for me anymore. I’ve built a life-long new way to eat.
- I changed my relationship with food entirely. I’ve always been a comfort food person—I emotionally eat—and that has shifted dramatically. Now, I can get my needs for comfort met in ways that honor my body and overall health too.
- I hate exercise. Loathe it. I won’t even use the word. And now, I move my body daily—in ways that feel good and doable. No long workout routines. I’m on a nourishing and supportive trajectory of movement which is strong enough to create some real change in my body, and also doesn’t make we want to throw up. It’s become easy, natural and simply a part of my daily routine—not something I have to do.
- I was a huge night-time snacker. That’s completely vanished.
- I have generally disliked veggies. They had been almost non-existent in my diet except for an occasional salad. Now, I eat a variety of veggies, with joy…like, actual enjoyment. Whoa!!!! That’s crazy to me. I love including colorful veggies with every meal, and it’s getting even easier and more fun for me. Radical shift.
- I was incredibly, deeply addicted to sugar—like methamphetamine-level addicted to sugar. I can enjoy it when I have it on occasion, but I do not crave it anymore. I can honestly say that my sugar addiction is a thing of the past.
- Before I worked with Dana, I was 230 pounds. In 90 days, I’m down 23 pounds. Easy. Sustainable. Long-term weight loss…and that trajectory continues. This is last on the list for a specific reason: I used to be really, really attached to my weight and the number on the scale. Working with Dana also helped me shift that into perspective. I keep tabs on it, but it’s SO much less important to me. I have a much better relationship to my body and whole being due to my work with Dana. That will support me for my lifetime!
For me, this whole process was about integration.
I wanted to take eating healthy and exercise from hard, exhausting and unsustainable to easy, simple and nourishing, requiring little thought or energy to make it happen. That’s exactly what happened in just 90 days. The shift is radical and dramatic—I feel the effects every day. And I have finally stopped trying to eat well and move my body—now, I just do it. And I honestly love it.
If you’re like me and want to move from trying, willing and forcing yourself to eat differently and move more, into a more integrated, natural, easy way of being with your diet and exercise, please talk with Dana.
Give it a 30-day try at least. It’s the supportive integration that made all the difference for me—and Dana brought it into my life in a clear, supportive and sustainable way like no one else ever has.
Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons has healing hands that I cannot speak more highly of. She has worked with me on acne, knee issues, and more recently, heart and digestive pain/gut issues. Dr. Dana is incredibly understanding, compassionate, insightful, and more imperatively, a listener. I cannot stress how many times I’ve been to different specialists, only to be brushed aside and prescribed a medication that would cause detrimental side effects or create a temporary ‘band aid’ for the health ailment.
There is something about Dr. Dana’s aura when you are at the clinic… I believe in Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons’ approach and can truly attest to this given my medical and nutrition knowledge from college. She has managed to create a 180 in my health with TCM herbs, acupuncture, and in advising a food ‘prescription.’
For me, within a 24-hour period of seeing Dana, I feel a complete turnover in my health mentally, emotionally, and physically; and this is only the acupuncture and consult—I am on cloud nine one week later.
Every time I step foot in the Alchemist Clinic, I know that I am empowering myself to live a healthier life. Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons provides the building blocks.”
I began my journey into primal eating with The Alchemist Clinic about 3 months ago. My attraction to investigating this new way of eating/living, was witnessing Dana and Randy’s lifestyle, energy, and vitality day to day. I have the privilege of assisting them with their yoga practice. I will not call what I do ‘teaching’ as these two end up teaching me with their very presence. It’s quite apparent that whatever they are doing, is working for them both physically and mentally.
My three main objectives were to: improve digestion; clear up my skin; and find inspiration and creativity in the kitchen (formerly, I was extremely domestically challenged).
I anticipated the paleo/primal lifestyle to be one of restriction, discipline, and self-control. I felt like I was about to embark on some new fad diet. I procrastinated in setting up a consultation for some time. It was actually the testimonies of several of my other students that finally had me pull the trigger.
After consulting with Dana, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of adjusting to this new way of eating and preparing food. Even learning which foods to buy (and where) was less intimidating than I imagined. I gathered recipes (lots and lots of them), stocked my kitchen with loads of spices and good fats, and purchased a few new cooking gadgets (keep in mind, previously the only thing cooked by me in my kitchen was toast).
Over the next few weeks a true miracle happened in my home. Ask my husband. Ask my friends and parents. Mincing, chopping, marinating, basting…culinary delights of all kinds started manifesting. I’m talking complete, multi-course meals!
I love the way I feel eating this way. I do have better digestion. Far better! My skin looks the best it has ever looked. I’m FULL and satiated all day. I no longer find myself snacking in between meals.
I thought that the battle with sugar could only be won through willpower. The fullness I feel from eating the right fats has stopped the cravings for sugar all together.
All of my intentions have been met and then some. I highly recommend the Alchemist Clinic. Dana and Randy make the transition easy, practical and even fun!
* Because I am a licensed health practitioner and operate in strict adherence with HIPPA privacy laws, the full names of clients offering testimonials are not posted here. All those whose comments are posted gave explicit permission for use of their testimonials on this website.